World Topics

Feb 27, 2015

Suits filed against scope maker Olympus over U.S. superbug infection

Two lawsuits target the maker of a medical scope linked to the outbreak of a superbug at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Attorney Pete Kaufman filed suit Monday on behalf of 18-year-old Aaron Young, who remains hospitalized after becoming infected, the Los Angeles Times ...

Feb 26, 2015

Austria passes new law on Islam, banning foreign funding

Austria’s parliament passed a bill Wednesday amending laws on Muslim organizations. It bans foreign sources of financing and requires imams to be able to speak German. The text aims to promote what conservative Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz calls an “Islam of European character” by ...

Feb 26, 2015

Ex-defense contractor admits sending jet information to Iran

A former U.S. defense contractor pleaded guilty Wednesday to sending sensitive information about U.S. military jet programs to his native Iran in an effort to land a job there. Mozaffar Khazaee entered his plea to violating the U.S. Arms Export Control Act in federal ...

Abbott strikes conciliatory note with Widodo over Indonesia executions

Feb 26, 2015

Abbott strikes conciliatory note with Widodo over Indonesia executions

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott struck a conciliatory tone on Thursday after speaking with Indonesian President Joko Widodo about the looming execution of two convicted Australian drug traffickers. Abbott said he spoke with his “friend” Widodo on Wednesday evening, adding that the Indonesian leader ...

Feb 25, 2015

Proposed reform would let some foreign agents carry guns in Mexico

President Enrique Pena Nieto has proposed a legal reform that would allow some foreign agents to carry arms inside Mexico, a significant change in a country that has historically said the practice would violate its sovereignty. The bill, sent to Mexico’s Senate, would allow ...

Feb 25, 2015

U.S. announces $3 million reward for alleged top hacker

The U.S. government has announced a $3 million reward for information leading to the arrest of a man American authorities call one of the world’s most prolific cyberhackers. Evgeniy Bogachev, who is believed to be in Russia, was indicted in Pittsburgh last year on ...

Feb 25, 2015

U.S. states try to predict inmates' future crimes

U.S. states are trying to reduce prison populations with secretive new psychological assessments to predict which inmates will commit crimes again and who might be safe to release, despite serious problems and high-profile failures, an Associated Press investigation found. These programs are part of ...